New to the Kit or looking for helpful hints on how to use it? Check out the Kids Kit Tips and Tricks - Elementary Edition where we share detailed instructions about the resources below.
Our elementary curriculum builds on the biblical foundation laid for kids in preschool. We want elementary kids to see the excellent character of our all-powerful God and why He is the hero of every story. We do that by looking at 36 godly character traits – one per month – with weekly Finish Lines that teach kids about God, His Word, and how He can help us reflect His character to the world.
Our character trait for JANUARY is GENTLENESS! Check out the Monthly Overview for a snapshot of everything we will be learning about this month.
There is no teaching video for the Elementary Kit this week, but you can use the One-Pagers and guides below to talk through the Conquest, Judges, and Kingdom eras of our Bible Timeline.
Bible Timeline One-Pagers Resources to help kids learn major stories, names to know, and how Jesus is seen in each era of the Bible Timeline
Use these activities to keep talking about and applying what you learned this weekend throughout the week.
Take a look at the one-pagers for the three eras we learned about this week: Exile, Return, and Silence. Ask your kids if they have a favorite story from each of these eras. What do they like about those stories? What do the stories teach us about God? Is there any way that this story connects to the New Testament and what Jesus has done for us? (Examples: In the Exile era God rescued Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the furnace. In the New Testament, we learn that Jesus is the one sent to rescue us from our sins.)
Spend time in the car this week reviewing the whole Bible Timeline. If it helps, print off a copy of the Bible Timeline to keep in your car. Refer to this when you have down time on a drive to go over the names and order of the eras, the icon for each one, and hand motions. Make a game out of it! For example, call out an era and the first one to do the correct hand motion wins the round. Describe an era’s icon and see if your kiddo can guess which era it belongs to (Example: a red balloon = Return era). As we continue learning about each era of the Timeline this year, add to what you’re reviewing by talking about which era a Bible story belongs to.
Thank God for being the same God in both the Old and New Testaments. Thank Him for being faithful to always keep His promises. Spend time praising Him and thanking Him for how you have seen Him keep His promises in your life.
Print off the Bible Timeline flash cards and use them to review what your child learned in our elementary ministries this past weekend. Shuffle the cards and see how fast you can put them in order using the side with pictures. Then try by just using the descriptions. Print two copies and make it a matching game. As a family, come up with your own game that can help you review!
Father, thank you for always keeping your promises and staying faithful in both the Old and New Testaments. Help me to keep my eyes open to your faithfulness and keep my heart near to you.